Car & Concept

2020 Ford Escape SE Sport Hybrid Drivers’ Notes | Photos, specs, impressions

The 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid aims to offer peak efficiency, but it doesn’t shout its green cred from the heavens above. Ford is confident enough in the hybrid’s ability to be fun that it’s applied this powertrain to a trim called SE Sport. It’s no sports crossover, but we were pleasantly surprised by this vehicle’s performance. Hybrid badging is kept to a minimum, and the styling hardly strays from the regular gas engine Escape. Ford uses an updated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a single electric motor to transmit power to all four-wheels in our all-wheel drive tester. This amounts to a combined system output of 200 horsepower and 152 pound-feet of torque. There are no surprises in the transmission, as Ford channels power through an electronic CVT. Fuel economy is impressive, as the Escape manages a 40

Honda CB-F motorcycle concept revealed with retro design

In addition to major car shows being cancelled or postponed, the Osaka and Tokyo Motorcycle Shows have also been disrupted. That isn’t stopping Honda from showing its wares, such as this Honda CB-F concept bike. The company decided to reveal it solely online, rather than at a show with people.

According to Honda, it’s a tribute to the CB750F and CB900F motorcycles of the late 1970s and early 1980s. And the styling certainly reveals that. At a glance, the gas tank and bodywork look incredibly similar to those bikes, with boxy lines and and angular tail. But looking closer shows that the tank and bodywork blend together better, and the taillight has been shaped to fit the angle of the tail. The front mudguard is shortened and simplified, and there are no visible turn signals. It does still have

American Customer Satisfaction Index automobile rankings

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American Customer Satisfaction Index automobile brand rankings

According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, the average customer satisfaction for all new car brands improved by a significant 3.8 percent to 82 on a 100-point scale when compared to 2015. This ends a three-year decline in customer satisfaction and puts the automobile category at the top of ACSI’s customer satisfaction rankings, ahead of TV and video players and credit unions.

Even better, the improvements are widespread. Out of 24 companies the ACSI tracked this year, 16 improved in customer satisfaction, and only 5 declined. Additionally, American, Asian and European cars are all nearly equal in satisfaction.

Of course, there is always room for improvement. Although customers seemed to be particularly pleased with performance, dependability and exterior styling, they were least satisfied with gas mileage and

Porsche 911 Hybrid with Vonnen Shadow Drive Review | Performance, batteries, aftermarket

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — There’s been a lot of recent talk flying around about the possibility of a factory-built Porsche 911 hybrid. But more recent comments from the higher-ups at Stuttgart seem to have thrown cold water on that possibility, at least in the near term. Something about sacrilege and the existence of the all-electric Porsche Taycan they just spent a lot of time and resources creating.

That may be Porsche’s official position, but the fact that the question comes up regularly indicates that some level of demand is simmering out there. Enter Vonnen, a Silicon Valley-based concern that began life as a side-project at Elephant Racing, a prominent developer of Porsche suspension upgrade parts. I recently met up with CEO Chuck Moreland to drive a 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 equipped with what they call Vonnen Shadow Drive, a

2020 Ram Power Wagon Review | What’s new, off-roading, performance

A 2020 Ram Power Wagon is not your typical heavy-duty pickup truck. All of them try to be the tough kid on the block, but the Power Wagon goes even further. Just the name, Power Wagon, is synonymous with a tenacious, brash, and mean attitude. 

“Let’s go hop in my Power Wagon,” I shout at my friend. I don’t even need to add anything else to that sentence to sound braggadocios. The Ram takes care of it for me.

And I do mean hop into it. One does not gracefully step in and out of a Power Wagon, because it is simply far too high off the ground. There are side steps, but they’re not one of those automatically-retracting ones that forms a staircase into the cabin. Instead, I grab the A-pillar handle, yank myself onto the step,

Jeep will not attend the 2020 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab

FCA told media Friday that it is pulling out of the 2020 Easter Jeep Safari, a beloved annual off-roading event in Moab, Utah, that takes place over nine days and ends Easter Sunday. Jeep has been a staple participant throughout the years, using it to showcase wild and much-beloved concept vehicles

The news isn’t all bad. Autoblog reached out to FCA to ask whether we’ll see this year’s concepts elsewhere, and while a Jeep spokesperson reassured us that the concepts will still get their moment in the spotlight, they haven’t quite yet figured out exactly when or where. 

Also, it should be noted that even though Jeep won’t officially be participating, the Easter Jeep Safari itself will go on as planned. In fact, the city council of the tourism-driven town of Moab voted Wednesday to defeat a measure